Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Antique Dutch Samplers

Thanks to research by my brilliant genealogist cousin Bill, the earliest ancestors in my Dutch maternal grandfather's line can be traced to a little Flemish town now in the modern country of Belgium. The family emigrated from Amsterdam to the U.S. over 350 years ago. Maybe this explains, in part, my interest in these charming antique Dutch samplers! The other part would be their lovely, colorful, geometric designs.

From Vanessa Boer's blog"Darning Samplers were prevalent in the Netherlands in the late 18th and early 19th century as sewing was a vital skill for 12 - 17 year old girls to learn. Young girls were taught how to embroider by their mothers as well as in school. Working as a linen seamstress could provide a steady living for these young women and their families. It was especially important for the girls in orphanages to master these skills so they would have an occupation to support themselves upon leaving the home. The training was so serious that these darning samplers were considered a sort of final exam in the orphanages. Because of the bright thread used to show the stitches and craftsmanship more clearly, the patterns and layers of color make beautiful combinations!"

no date - Vanessa Boer's blog

no date - sawztwist.wordpress.com

no date - stephaniecb on Pinterest

circa 1900 - antiquesamplershop on eBay

no date -  exantiques.nl on Pinterest

no date - friesemerklappen.nl on Pinterest

no date - exantiqiues.nl on Pinterest

1892 - tomofholland.com

early 19th c. - Cooper Hewitt

no date - ex.typepad.com

circa 1900 -  antiquesamplershop on eBay

1753 - stephaniecb on Pinterest

Sunday, June 25, 2017

"Moods" Reception at Carter Sexton

Quite a nice reception last night at Carter Sexton for the "Moods" show, which is up through July 4th. The art was hung throughout the store and nicely labeled. My three pieces are above an entry from the first to the second of three large rooms. I had to leave after an hour, and people were still coming in. Lots of interesting conversation among the neighborhood artists. Somehow I got out of there without buying any supplies!

"Evening Storm," "Starry Night," and "Constellations at Dusk" 


Sunday, June 18, 2017

"Moods" Art Show at Carter Sexton

"Constellations at Dusk" © 2015 Cynthia Friedlob ~
mixed media on handmade cotton rag paper from India

Three of my small mixed media pieces are included in this show:



Carter Sexton
5308 Laurel Canyon Boulevard
North Hollywood, CA 91607

Show: June 24th through July 8th
Reception: Saturday, 6/24 from 5 - 8 p.m.

I'll be at the reception from 5 until 6 p.m.

Each of the three pieces is about 6"x9" unframed, on handmade cotton rag paper from India. My framer did an especially fine job on all, floating them so you can see the beautiful deckled edges of the paper.

I had a lot of fun making these glittery creations and look forward to making more. It's a nice change-of-pace from my digital work.

This is definitely a show by artists, for artists, because Carter Sexton is an excellent shop for art materials. Stop by to check out the exhibit and I guarantee that you won't get out the door without some inspirational supplies!

Saturday, June 3, 2017

2nd Annual Cityscapes Exhibition + New Website


I'm pleased that my digital print entitled "Skyline 105" is included in this show:

Fusion Art
2nd Annual Cityscapes Exhibition
June 2017

Online Here
6 Minute Video of Show Here

("Skyline 105" is at 4:02)

Fusion Art hosts online exhibitions in addition to shows in their gallery in the historic Backstreet Art District of Palm Springs, CA.

New Website

You're invited to visit my colorful, redesigned website at www.ArtByCynthia.com! It will be a perfect platform to launch my new product lines, which will include everything from backpacks to sneakers, pillows to tablecloths, denim jackets to earrings! This is a big project that will take some time, but you'll be updated as products are ready to roll out.

If you haven't already looked at what you can get right now,
 click here for art that's available on bags, pillows, and phone cases.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Brewery Artwalk Photos

The Artwalk was great fun, as always! Almost constant visitors to the studio and an enthusiastic response to my art made the weekend especially enjoyable. If you missed it, come by for the next one in October! You can also visit via LA Art Tours.

The iconic smokestack building. But there is -- and never was -- a
Paragon Iron company. That was painted on the building for a film shoot!

I had a cool new video display for this Artwalk! John set up two monitors
that featured slide shows of my work. You can see the one on the right
beginning to make a transition from one piece of work to another. I had
prints on canvas and metal on the walls, along with some
products. My tote bags were particularly popular!

Studiomate Yvonne Beatty's work is on the left wall; mine is on the right,
with the video monitors on the back wall. We also shared wall space in
the front room which serves as kind of a lobby for the studio.

Here's the poster I made that explains my history in the animation
business and how that connects to the type of art that I make today.

Two of many visitors who were very excited to learn that I had written
cartoons for Scooby-Doo, Smurfs, Fraggle Rock, and many other shows!

Thanks to partner John Semper Jr. for taking photos and for visiting.
It was so crowded that he had to park almost all the way to Las Vegas!

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Auction + EXPO Contemporary + Brewery Art Walk

Lots of news! ~ Young mother, Nicole Saari, is the daughter of writer Genie Davis, whose work you might have read on the popular arts blog, Diversions L.A. Nicole has late stage Lyme Disease and requires expensive treatment not covered by insurance. Many local artists have donated work to live and online auctions to help raise funds. Take a look here where you'll find my 8-1/2"x12" matted and framed drawing entitled, "Artie Shaw," (above) available for only $125! That's far below retail or what you'd pay at Art Walk. Free delivery in the L.A. area, mailing anywhere at cost. You can help Nicole, plus enjoy owning an original drawing by me! Thank you.

"Artie Shaw" © 2013 Cynthia Friedlob
8-1/2"x12" matted and framed in black

If you've been following my art adventures for the last several years, you know that I was one of a dozen L.A. artists who were invited to be the first in the U.S. to create art on wine barrels for the BOTART International collection. If you'd like to know the story, click here to see photos and read my blog post about making "Tipitina," my painted wine barrel which is third from the front in the photo below. The barrel is painted with confetti shapes and black lines representing the streets of New Orleans, and has Mardi Gras beads on top! About fifteen barrels from the now large collection were on display last weekend at the EXPO Contemporary art show presented by Fabrik Magazine at The Reef in downtown L.A. Tickets are available here. These festive barrels are not for sale, but they are great fun to see, and they are always shown with plenty of art that is available for purchase.

"Tipitina" - confetti shapes, black stripes (representing the
streets of New Orleans), and Mardi Gras beads on the top!

And, finally, don't miss the Brewery Art Walk coming up on the 29th and 30th of April! Yes, the world’s largest art community is once again opening over 100 of its studios to the public

Located northeast of downtown Los Angeles, off the 5 Freeway’s Main Street exit, The Brewery sits on 16 acres packed with creative energy. During Artwalk, you can look forward to talking with the artists about their work, sampling the tasty fare of the many food trucks, and enjoying a beer garden hosted by our very own Barbara’s restaurant, all in an exciting, engaging environment.

The artists of The Brewery are known to be on the leading edge of the Los Angeles art scene. This is THE go-to art event in Los Angeles, so join us at The Brewery, where art lives!

I'm back at the location of my very first Brewery studio at 642 Moulton, E31. Map is below and you'll get a color-coded map when you arrrive. There's free parking on the surrounding streets and in the adjacent UPS lot, but please be there by noon to make sure you can find a spot.

642 Moulton, E31

Monday, April 24, 2017

Fine Arts Federation Show + Sneak Peek: New Brewery Art Studio

I'm catching up on posting. Somehow these notices ended up on Facebook and in my email that goes to newsletter subscribers, but not here on the blog.

FINE ARTS FEDERATION MEMBERSHIP SHOW: One of my digital prints on canvas was in this annual group show. Over 60 artists exhibited paintings, sculpture, ceramics, and more at the beautiful Creative Arts Center, 1100 W. Clark Ave., Burbank, CA. The show was up from March 3rd through March 23rd. 

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Announcing My New Brewery Studio: Take a peek below at 642 Moulton Ave., #E-31. Does that address sound familiar? It's the very first space I had at The Brewery. Yes, I've come full circle over the past few years. This time, five of us are sharing the studio, and the front area will be our group gallery space. Looks great so far, doesn't it?

I hope you'll visit on Art Walk weekend, April 29th and 30th, but if you'd like to enjoy a small group tour of about ten Brewery studios, check out the available dates at LA Art Tours.